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Women & the Environment

The campaign continues with 5 new projects

A campaign true to our core values

All the funds raised by the RAJA Foundation will be donated to 5 projects chosen by the Foundation to support and promote the role of women in the protection of the environment, with the Women and Environment Action Programme.

Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil

Bolivia Inti
Sud Soleil Peru

Rejoué

Rejoué France

Envol Vert

Envol Vert Colombia

Re-Belle

Re-Belle France

Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil

Bolivia Inti
Sud Soleil Bolivia

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Promote women’s autonomy by educating in solar cooking and to support economic development activities
with Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil (BISS)

In Peru, in the areas of Arequipa and Puno, the strenuous intensive collection of wood for cooking and heating leads to deforestation. It also forces women and girls to dedicate a lot of time to this task that they are responsible for. Having traditional roles they are also direct victims of the harmful fumes emitted by cooking ovens that enable them to feed their families.

BISS wishes to equip families with solar cookers that limit the amount of wood consumed and harmful emissions that affect the environment and also women's health. The women involved in this Action will receive support for new projects to generate income whilst providing a better means for cooking, such as the solar drying of fruits and vegetables.

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BISS in the Andes, promotes solar cooking techniques to replace existing practices with detrimental environment, health and economic factors. ... Go to website

Project goals

600 families equipped with a solar cooker

2 associations of 100 women created

50% reduction in fuel consumption

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Develop a second-hand toy recycling system managed by women
with Rejoué

Rejoué is the only establishment to integrate the upgrading of used toys in Île-de-France. Toys are collected, recycled and resold. Rejoué welcomes women who are not employed, women are provided with individual support workers for their work duties whilst also being helped with personal and social problems. The centre has been designed to also offer activities enabling them to reach their potentials within a professional working environment.

Rejoué plans to expand in Ile-de-France in 2017, then throughout France. The aim is to increase the reach making it possible to offer more and more people the chance to access a programme that can rehabilitate women back into employment and with the added benefit of creating a national recycling centre for toys.

Charitites


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Rejoué aims to give a second life to discarded toys whilst helping people in difficulty to return to employment ... Go to website

Project goals

72 tonnes of recycled toys

56 people reintegrated

5 Rejoué centres

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Training women in agroforestry techniques to develop their income and contribute to the regeneration of biodiversity in Sierra Nevada and ensure food security for the population
with Envol Vert

In Sierra Nevada, Colombia, more than 200,000 trees are cut each year and only 15% of the primary forest remains. Agricultural techniques and cattle breeding are the main causes, Envol Vert aims is to develop a reforestation project with the families that have been displaced by conflict 15 years ago.

The association trains these communities in agroforestry techniques and promotes the planting of Mayan walnut. This tree has many benefits, the seeds have a high nutritional value, it is a powerful natural fertiliser for tropical soils and has a high carbon storage capacity. In addition to restoring the ecosystem in Sierra Nevada, the project aims to improve the quality of life for these farming communities by increasing their income and promoting food security through the diversification of food crops and the creation of income-generating activities such as processing forest products.

Charitites


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Envol Vert promotes the preservation of biodiversity in the most disadvantaged countries, whilst in France, works with local areas to help develop new economic alternatives to deforestation. ... Go to website

Project goals

20 families trained in agroforestry working on 20 hectares

100 women trained in working with the Mayan Walnut

3 nurseries with a capacity of 6000 trees created

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To combat food waste by processing unsold fruits and vegetables, and help women return to employment as part of a women's integration project
with Re-Belle

In Ile-de-France, 200 tons of fruit and vegetables are disposed of each week due to long distribution channels and them not being sold. Re-Belle identifies this problem and fights against food waste by using these unsold fruits and vegetables on the Île-de-France region and manufacturing them into artisanal jams.

The project also aims to create skilled and sustainable jobs in Seine-Saint-Denis as part of a women's integration project. These women come from disadvantaged backgrounds or have experienced difficulties, these women benefit from the individualised socio-professional support which helps prepare them for sustainable integration into employment.

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Established in Seine-Saint-Denis,Re-Belle supports women to return to employment using the manufacturing of jams as a rehabilitation programme. ... Go to website

Project goals

2,600 pots of jam produced each week

50 tonnes of disqualified fruit and vegetables processed each year

6 women supported

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Empowering women through training in solar drying, production and marketing of dried fruits and vegetables
with Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil (BISS)

Since 2000 in the peripheral districts of La Paz, Bolivia, BISS has set up more than 7,000 solar cookers. These cookers limit the amount of wood consumed compared to traditional ovens and reduce the emissions of fumes that are harmful to the health of women, who are responsible for cooking, and also the environment.

Women beneficiaries have seen their energy self-sufficiency enhanced and now want to create their own activities using equipment using solar energy. The project aims to train women in solar drying techniques. Organised as a cooperative, they will be accompanied in the production and marketing of dried fruits and vegetables.

Charitites


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Bolivia Inti Sud Soleil in the Andes, promotes solar cooking techniques to replace existing practices with detrimental environment, health and economic factors. ... Go to website

Project goals

200 women trained in solar drying

1 cooperative created

50% reduction in fuel consumption